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250th post

This is the two hundred and fiftieth post at pencil talk.

The news is good. I once worried about running out of pencils to discuss. Don’t worry, that isn’t about to happen anytime soon!

There are also now many readers from around the globe, and I’ve been privileged to exchange notes with a number of excellent people.

Guest posts are still welcome. A few have said they would like to, yet two hundred and forty-nine of these two hundred and fifty posts were written by me. Please contact me if you might be interested in writing or photographing something about a pencil or pencil accessory.

Suggestions are also welcome, via blog comments or email.

To celebrate this small milestone, we’re having a small contest. The contest is for fun, with a small pencil prize. The pencils were kindly sent by the Musgrave and General pencil companies.

Contest: Name the Novelist
This novelist is likely a serious pencil aficionado. A 2007 novel from this author has a character who owns many pencils, including specialties such as red and blue pencils and copying pencils!


  • One dozen Musgrave HB pencils.
  • One dozen Musgrave Test Scoring pencils.
  • One General’s Drawing Class Essential Tools Kit.

    The details:

  • Post your response as a comment to this post.
  • The winner will have to provide a postal address through email. The pencils will be shipped air mail by Canada Post.
  • The contest runs until August 27, 2008, 20:00 EST. I’ll approve all comments, but won’t comment myself unless there is a winning answer. The contest is closed after a winning answer has been confirmed.
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